Band Administration

Message from Band Manager: Lorette Edzerza

Greetings to everyone in the Cooks Ferry Indian Band. My name is Lorette Edzerza and I have been hired effective Monday, September 28, 2015 as the Band Manager for your Nation.

I am of Nlaka’pamux and Secwepemc ancestry. My father is Norman Drynock (Nlaka’pamux) and my mother is Nellie Drynock/Wycotte (Secwepemc). From my dad’s side my grandfather is Alex Drynock and my grandmother is Annie Drynock/Paddy. From my mother’s side my grandfather is George Wycotte and my grandmother Matilda Wycotte/Gilbert. I lived many of my earliest years in Sugar Cane then moved to Nicomen during my elementary school years. Upon my father’s death in 1969 I went to the Kamloops Indian Residential School through to my high school years.

I attended the University of BC for Bachelor of Education studies, and achieved my Business Administrations studies through the Red Deer College that led to a scholarship for my Certified General Accounting studies.

I moved to the Yukon in 1987 and married into the Edzerza family who are of the Tahltan nation (northern BC). I just recently moved back home upon my mother’s desire to live out her life in the south with her people. I moved her up to the north in 2008 to care for her. I need to reconnect with my people after being gone from my home community for 28 years living in the north. I also felt that my children need to get to know their family and it is my responsibility to ensure that.

I have worked in many management positions in the areas of Housing, Capital, Finance, Health and Band Management. I pray that I will be of great service to you all and that you will feel encouraged to approach me for your community needs and services.

Reception/ Administrative Support to Chief & Council

Nadine is originally from Montreal and has also lived in Halifax, Vancouver and India. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in History of South East Asia and Anthropology. Nadine has extensive experience working with First Nations in Nunavut, and particularly the Eeyou Itsche of Northern Quebec. She also worked in administration at the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay. More recently, for the University of Montreal as a coordinator in the Pharmacology department for a research Team in Aboriginal Anti-diabetic Medicine (CIHR-TAAM) under a grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Nadine joined the Cook's Ferry Indian Band Team a year ago and is happy to be an administrative support to Chief and Council while overseeing the Reception area including editing the Band newsletter, The Talking Stick and maintaining the Band website. She recently relocated to British Columbia and is living off grid in harmony with nature. In her spare time, she enjoys nature walks, working in her garden and living a healthy lifestyle with her family

Nadine Methot, Pearl Hewitt, Dale Wilson

at staff cultural day, Nshaytkin, Nlaka'pamux Stein Valley School.